One individual wanted to know why I am so caught up on water baptism, when Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly states that one is saved by faith alone. He further stated that if one could be saved by water baptism, then Christ died in vain. Clearly the individual believes in salvation by faith alone. I
explained that Ephesians 2:8-9 does state that one is saved by faith, but the passage does not say that one is saved by “faith alone.” In fact, there is only one place in the Bible with the words “faith” and “alone” used in the same verse. James 2:17: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” This verse is a huge contradiction from what the gentlemen holds as his doctrine on salvation through faith alone. In this text, James writes that faith without works is dead, implying that faith cannot be alone and save anyone; there must be works to accompany faith if it is going to be a saving faith. Readers of the Bible must understand that one verse cannot contradict another verse, and we must not use one verse in the Bible against another verse in the Bible because it would misrepresent the mind of God (John 1:1-2; James 1:25; 1 Tim. 3:16). On the surface it may appear that Ephesians 2:8-9 and James 2:17 contradict, but let us examine the passages more closely.